Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Anne E Stewart. "Stories of Place and People"

In May this year Anne E Stewart will be returning to Beulah in the Mallee-Wimmera region of north-west Victoria, to work with the students of the Southern Mallee, Lakes district schools. Following on their efforts from last year, the students will now be concentrating on their own "Stories of place and People"

Anne has posted an introduction and several clips on youtube as examples for them to see. Check out some of the Stories from Meandering through Melbourne a project that saw Anne working at Artplay with Simon Spain, Joe Skec and students from several Melbourne schools

Here is Barak and the Wurrundjeri people.

PAVE Festival 2012

A brief item, just to share with you some of the fun that was had at the PAVE Festival in Emerald 2012. Vic Storytellers, Matteo, Jackie Kerin and JJ Sheills presented their collection of Grimm's Tales in the Cafe Redbox. For a very reasonable price, our hosts at Cafe Redbox provided a substantial and delicious meal. For Grimm lovers - the stories covered Red Cap (with a contemporary twist), The Six Servants, The Griffin, Three Army Surgeons and The Three Ravens. Playing to a full house - there is no doubt that these tales are still well loved, analysed, memorised and criticised.

A resident of Emerald, JJ was here, there and everywhere throughout the festival. When not telling stories he was spotted racing around with microphones, chairs and electric kettles. Jackie took advantage of JJ's hospitality and staying overnight on the mountain was able to attend the Poet's Breakfast on Sunday morning. Following a splendid feast of eggs, spinach and mushrooms, she launched into her story Edith's Lyrebird and was presented with a bottle of very nice red wine for her efforts.

Storytelling Australia (Vic) says thankyou to PAVE for making us so welcome and especially to JJ Sheills who not only devised The Grimm Reminder but also provided 4 star accommodation.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Limber up your story Memory: Julie Perrin 10 -11 May 2012

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Northcote Town Hall
Contact Julie: 0409 019 987

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Call for Participation in a Fairy Tale Salon

This looks like a must for all of us who love European Fairy Tale. Read the invitation below and explore this fabulous blog for more information:


As part of the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, the Fairy Tale Reading Group at Monash University will be hosting an enchanted afternoon of fairy tale magic. Long before the brothers Grimm and Walt Disney, a circle of seventeenth-century French authors gathered in Paris salons to read, perform and discuss fairy tales. For one afternoon only, we will be recreating our very own Parisian salon to celebrate this French fairy tale tradition.

Come along and learn about the authors who shaped fairy tale history and first gave us the phrase, contes des fées (tales of the fairies). The afternoon is open to readings, performances and discussions about all things fairy tale. For the bold at heart, come dressed as your favourite fairy tale character and be in the running to win a prize! This event is open to anyone who has a love for fairy tales and will take place at Monash University Caulfield, on June 23rd at 2pm.
We are looking for interested participants who would like to present original work and/or papers on fairy tale. Preference will be given to material dealing with or inspired by 17th century French tales, but other material will certainly be considered.

Areas of interest: 17th century
· Scholarly analysis of fairy tale (incl. literary studies, translation studies, film & TV, drama studies, gender studies)
· Live performance of fairy tale (incl. new & established fairy tales)
· Fairy tale readings (incl. new & established fairy tales)

Please send a 100-200 word summary or abstract to arts-fairytale@monash.edu by April 26, 2012 for consideration.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Canterbury Tales Book Club Project: Williamstown Literary Festival 6 May 2012

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WARNING: Coarse language, violence, sexual references and blasphemy

The Williamstown Literary Festival is spectacular in the way it showcases literature. There is something for everyone: w/shops, lectures, performances ... and the organisers always make room for spoken word and storytelling.

This year storytellers, writers and musicians have come together and created The Canterbury Tales Book Club Project. The Tales mark a turn in the history of English Literature, a popularising of the vernacular and a shift away fro the use of Latin and French for the purposes of literature.

The CT Book Club Project promises to entertain, provoke and offend with lectures, songs and re-tellings to whet your appetite for Chaucer. This is Chaucer 101 for enjoyment.

Presentations include: The Miller's Tale (Daniel O'Connell), the Pardoner's Tale (Jackie Kerin) and the Nun's Priest's Tale (Bernard Caleo). Each storyteller approaches the task in their own way.
Other presenters: Catherine Ryan, Claire Saxby, Simon Leverton (Musical Director) and Francis K. Clarke.

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WHERE: Williamstown Town Hall Council Chambers
WHEN: Sunday 6 May 2.15 – 5.00
Anticipate going over time and spilling into the local Tavern for further merriment

Bookings: Williamstown Literary Festival http://www.willylitfest.org.au

Rocket Clock Story Slam: “Anarchy and Authority". April 11 2012

Rocket Clock returns with a special FREE night of stories on the theme of "Anarchy and Authority", as part of the Comedy Festival fun at Trades Hall.

Pre-register your intent to tell by emailing rocketclockss@gmail.com or register on the night. Everyone is welcome to come along and listen, laugh, drink, cheer & weep.

Wednesday April 11 2012
Doors open 7.30pm; slam kicks off 8.30pm.

Bella Union
Level 1, Trades Hall
Corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets
Carlton South

What is Rocket Clock?

Rocket Clock is a monthly story slam competition. Ten people each have five minutes to tell a story around a particular theme. Judges in the audience rate each story on both content and performance. Everyone has a great time.

More info:

Rocket Clock on Twitter
Rocket Clock on Facebook

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Enchanted Evening: Bishop's Parlour at Abbotsford Convent. 27 May 7-9pm 2012

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Dear lovers of story

Enchanted Evening
Hearth Tales warmly invites you to gather in the Bishop's Parlour at Abbotsford Convent for a magical night of traditional tales told by storytellers Niki Pidd and Clare Coburn, with music by Joanne Saunders. On May 27th between 7-9pm, Niki will host the inaugural 'Enchanted Evening', which begins a series of monthly storytelling evenings.

Please see details on the flyer attached for details. Do book early, as this is an intimate gathering in elegant surroundings and seating is limited. (If you miss out on a seat in May, perhaps you would like to come to one of Niki's later Enchanted Evenings. They will be happening on the fourth Sunday of every month this year.)

A great way to warm and nourish yourself as Winter approaches!

Winter storytelling courses in Melbourne
There are still places available in the International School of Storytelling's inaugural Melbourne courses. If you want to book for the courses in June/July, please see the attached flyer and registration information.

Ashley Ramsden and I are looking forward to warming Melbourne's winter with lots of tale telling. This will be a wonderful opportunity to develop or expand your storytelling skills to use at work or play. The experiences and skills will supportive you if you seek greater confidence in public speaking and communication, want to storytelling at work, or wish to enjoy an inspiring and creative mid-year break.

Much love for an Easter of renewal and refreshment